Source: Brian Wang
Felix Schlang at What about It? has covered key news from Elon Musk’s Starship conversation with Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society.
Elon Musk says currently there are 300 employees working on Starships in Boca Chica. Elon said by next year there will be 3,000 employees working on building a factory for mass-producing two Starships per week.
Musk says mass-produced SpaceX Starships will cost $5 million each.
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SpaceX will likely need triple the rocket engine capacity. They currently make about 300-500 Merlin rocket engines each year. If SpaceX is making 100 Starships per year then they will need 700 Raptor rocket engines for those Starships. They will also need 30 Raptor engines for each Super Heavy booster.
SpaceX and Mars
Elon Musk will make many football fields of solar panels to provide the energy to create fuel on Mars.
The first five Super Heavy Starships sent to Mars will stay on Mars.
The first few ships to Mars will have 20 to 50 people. There will be more cargo.
SpaceX will go for a 100-kilometer Starship hop right after the 20-kilometer test.
Robert Zubrin believes that SpaceX will put the first person on Mars before NASA puts the next person on the moon.